[eDebate] Going home
MWBRYANT at aol.com
Mon Apr 14 07:03:08 CDT 2008
In a message dated 4/14/2008 12:08:26 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
ewarner at louisville.edu writes:
When living in Old Louisville, amidst the Klan's declaration that they were
taking over "the downtown", I decided to cut to the chase and move into their
neighborhood. We moved to Okolona, a section of Louisville known for poor
whites, confederate flags, and white supremacy. So far, the folks in my son's
new all white baseball league have been some of the coolest (although not
the most progressive on a few things) folks I've ever met. As long as we keep
our relationship about baseball, and as long as I know what streets not to
accidentally get lost on at night, we should be okay here. So I guess that's a
Having lived in Okolona since returning to Louisville in 2001, I am somewhat
amazed at your characterization of the community. You seem dedicated to
perpetuating a style of essentialism that doesn't seem to be in line with your
complaints regarding discrimination. There are many of us that take great
offense to you characterizing our home as a "Klan neighborhood."
While I do not know where you live exactly, but living off of Outer Loop, I
have plenty of black neighbors. If your son plays in an all-White baseball
league, it might be because you chose to live in a part of Okolona where even
"poor whites" can't afford to live. The rest of the community is the most
ethnically-mixed community in southern Jefferson County.
Your characterization of the streets of this community being dangerous for a
black man sound a bit like paranoia. I am willing to bet a large sum of money
that you are far safer in Okolona than you are in the West End of
Louisville. I know that you don't travel the West End, at all, during the night. I know
for a fact, that I can't go into many West End neighborhoods after dark.
I don't pretend to understand the intricacies of your project. I do not
understand why it gives you the right to treat some people the way you do with
your words and actions. I really believe that your project has insulated you
from building the coalitions necessary for fighting discrimination in both
debate and in Louisville.
But, undoubtedly, my view lacks your intellectual perspective. I'm just a
white man living in a Klan neighborhood. I guess I'm just unable to see how your
approach is really making anything better.
I can only imagine what labels you would attach to me (and may anyway) if I
had described aspects of your life in a manner similar to how I feel you have
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